Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Song of the Week: Miley Cyrus, for renewed climate debate

How did the major Presidential candidates tackle the chance to talk climate change at their respective political conventions? (HINT: tackle's too strong of a word.)

Carson Carousel cleanup to get outside experts' views

Residents of Carson's Carousel neighborhood are frustrated with the speed of cleanup over the old oil tank site. Now regulators are calling in experts.

Energy Commission touts electric trucks at Port Tech Expo

Big trucks use a lot of fuel. Burning that fuel creates a lot of pollution. In San Pedro, California regulators highlighted one local company's electric engines.

California hopes practice makes perfect for cap-and-trade

Just months away from the start of California's first effort to cap, trade, and reduce carbon, the stakes are high for state regulators to get it right.

MLB, NBA, and yes, AEG go green at sports arenas

The NRDC studiously avoids ranking teams or venue, a bit of an indicator that quantifying what’s going on might reveal just how much isn’t yet happening.

Cadiz groundwater pumping dispute headed to court

Environmental groups are now seeking to block a controversial plan to pump water from around Cadiz in the arid Mojave desert in state court.

Homeowners still trying to get back home following Station Fire

Homeowners burned out by the Station Fire say bureaucracy has slowed their return. It points to the rocky relationship with those who manage fire risk in that area.

Song of the Week, for a hot summer of climate developments

During a season of Arctic melting, summer sweltering, and hearing the mayor of L.A.'s views on native plants, climate change is everywhere. For that, a song.

Scientists critique Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Independent scientists commenting on state's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan say that recommendations from earlier scientists "appear to have been handled inadequately or ignored."

DWP ratepayer advocate recommends shaking up LA's labor politics

In the longer term, LA DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel questioned the utility's efforts to own - not just operate - its power generation. And he said its labor costs are too high.

LA partners up, carves pocket parks out of urban core (Map)

LA has struggled to improve its ratio of park acres to people. Parks are about 14 percent of the city’s footprint, much of it tucked near wealthier neighborhoods.

Water's for fightin', so what are we fighting for, exactly?

California's complex web of water rights adds up to a lot of fact finding in a dispute among users. Facts take time and money. Guess who pays for it?

To catch a thief — of the LADWP's water

Mixing it up with Mammoth in court might send a message to backwoods water thieves the LADWP fears are digging into supplies.

As alternatives dry up, LADWP floods Mammoth with lawsuits

Mammoth Lakes has grown up around Mammoth Creek, and sought permits from regulators to use its water. Now the LADWP argues its rights are superior in two lawsuits.

Why the Ballona Wetlands comment period got extended

Interestingly, they also asked for a public hearing "at a time and a place when interested community members might make their voices heard."